Accountant (General) (Occupation Code : 241101)

Scarce Skill

Plans and provides systems and services relating to the financial dealings of organisations and individuals, and advises on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.


Advising on, planning and installing budgetary, accounts controlling and other accounting policies and systems.

Preparing and certifying financial statements for presentation to management, shareholders and statutory or other bodies.

Preparing tax returns, advising on taxation problems and contesting disputed claims before tax officials.

Preparing or reporting on profit forecasts and budgets.

Occupation Regulation

This occupation is not regulated by legislation.  However, some employers may require the accountants in their service to be members of professional accounting bodies and to have designations such as Chartered Accountant (SA) (CA(SA)), Professional Accountant (SA) or Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).  Accountants who are responsible for filing tax returns have to be registered as tax practitioners with the South African Revenue Service (SARS).  Legislation requires tax practitioners to be members of certain professional bodies.

Learning Pathway Description

You can become a general accountant by following one of several learning pathways.  All the learning pathways require Core Maths as a subject at Senior Certificate level.  Accounting at school level is not necessarily a requirement. 

The higher education qualifications that lead to this occupation are national diplomas, advanced diplomas or bachelor degrees in accounting.  You can also choose to follow one of the routes that leads to membership and the designations of one of the professional bodies in the accounting field.  The professional pathways are shown under the Accountant in Practice occupation. 

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Alternate Occupation Names
Bank Accountant
Debtors Manager